Thanks for writing. In my experience, webs don't work. The way they are set up doesn't promote organization, because they are too random. Instead, I use a simple graphic organizer that's divided into three boxes, beginning, middle, and end. Or I use a graphic organizer that has characters, setting, and plot, or one about problem, solution. Graphic organizers that are linear, like those I just mentioned, do work. For certain assignments I might use a specific graphic organizer I make up for that one writing assignment. I model using graphic organizers on an overhead projector or Smartboard. I spend a lot of time in conversation too, with groups, but mostly with individual students about their ideas. I help them along by chatting and feeding them alternate ideas, ways they can add-on, etc. I write my suggestions on Post-it notes and give them to my students. These conversations about writing are an important part of the writing process.
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